Fantasy authors: Page 7

Below you will find a list, ordered alphabetically by first name, of every fantasy author for whom we have a biography, bibliography or book reviews on Fantasy Book Review. Simply click on the author's name to go through to the author's page, which contains the full information.

Sarwat Chadda

Sarwat Chadda’s love of storytelling began with his first game of Dungeons and Dragons. Face-to-face with his friends he spent long nights creating dark tales of adventure, weaving in real history, myths and legends from all sources, but most heavily from the Crusades. His passion is for the epic heroes of that period like Saladin and Richard the Lionheart, the paragons of Islam and Christendom. It was the Crusades that gave birth to the Knights Templar, so it was inevitable their mysterious history would be at the heart of his modern interpretation.

Scott Lynch

I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I've lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, I'm just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.

Scott Oden

Scott Oden was born in Columbus, Indiana, in 1967. The youngest of five, he was raised in rural North Alabama, near Huntsville, where he still resides. Scott's fascination with Egypt and the ancient world began in 1976, when his third-grade teacher showed the class slides from the traveling Tutankhamun exhibit. He studied history and English at Calhoun College and the University of Alabama before pursuing the usual variety of odd jobs—from delivering pizza to working in the bindery of a printing company to clerking at a video store.

Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld an author of science fiction novels for adults as well as an occasional ghostwriter. He has also written three sets of books for young adults, the first called Midnighters, a tale of five teenagers born on the stroke of midnight, for whom time freezes every night, revealing a dark and terrible hidden world.

Sean Beech

I have heard it said that authors draw inspiration from their own personal life experiences and if this is the case then perhaps you can see the links. I was born in Elgin, Scotland, my father having been posted there with the Royal Navy. We emigrated to South Africa when I was one and spent the next six years of my life there. My mother brought us back to Scotland when I was seven and it was there, in the North East that I fell in love with nature, castles and mountains.

Sean Williams

Sean Williams was born in South Australia. His fantasy novels include the Books of the Change and the Books of the Cataclysm.

Sergey Lukyanenko

Sergey Lukyanenko is a young Russian science fiction and fantasy writer (born in Kazakhstan and educated as a psychiatrist) who first saw print at the end of the eighties. Strongly influenced by Robert Heinlein and Vladislav Krapivin, he quickly enough established himself as an independent and professional writer and became well-known after writing the novel Knights of the Forty Islands.

Seth Hunter

Seth Hunter is the pseudonym of the author of a number of highly acclaimed and prize-winning adult and children`s novels, Paul Bryers. He has written and directed many historical dramas for television, radio and the theatre and adapted and directed films by playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Michael Bulgakov. He lives in London and is a member of The Writers Guild of Great Britain, the Director`s Guild and PEN.

Shannon Delany

Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through Textnovel.com.

Sharon Shinn

I’ve been writing stories and poems since I was eight years old. My first poem was about Halloween: What is tonight? What is tonight?/Try to guess and you’ll guess right. Perhaps this inauspicious beginning explains why it took me till I was in my thirties to sell a novel. It occurred to me early on that it might take some time and a lot of tries before I was able to publish any of my creative writing, so I pursued a degree in journalism at Northwestern University so I’d be able to support myself while I figured out how to write fiction.

Shelley E Parker

Shelley E. Parker was born on 5th December 1971 in Whiston Hospital, Merseyside.She is a proud Sagittarian and Liverpool F.C. supporter.

Simon P Edwards

As well as being an author, Simon is a truly ardent fantasy fan too, and has been since he could read. From the heady heights of the Enid Blyton of his childhood years to Feist, Tolkien and Gemmell as a teenager, and now in his (early!) forties, anything that he can purloin for his voracious mind - from Peter V. Brett to Steven Erikson. They have all been devoured – the poor chaps!

SJ Day

S. J. Day‘s resume includes a variety of odd jobs ranging from amusement park employee to Russian linguist/interrogator for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. She’s presently a full-time writer. A native Southern Californian, S.J. thinks there’s no place like home, but she loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her to Japan, Holland, Germany, France, Mexico, Jamaica, and all over the United States. She’s now hard at work on her next book.

SJA Turney

I’m a thirty-mumble-mumble year old child living in God’s own country of North Yorkshire. Educated (if you can call it that) at a Grammar School in the days of corporal punishment and uniforms (not the latex nurse variety either.) Went to Teesside Polytechnic (as it was then) to study computing and took almost a year to realise that I was mathematically inept and unable to add small numbers of beans. Actually that’s not true. My mental arithmetic is pretty damn good, just don’t ask me to divide them by ‘x’ or take a median. There ends my mathematical ability. They tried to teach me about ’sin’ ‘cos’ and ‘tan’ but I retain the belief that they mean ‘naughty thoughts’ ‘island off Greece’ and ‘possible skin cancer’. My next step was to go to Keele University to study Classical History. I enjoyed it and it’s definitely my forte, though I did spend most of my time studying both ‘Marlboro’ and ‘Famous Grouse’ rather more closely than Aeschylus. Consequently I never finished that degree.

Stephen Deas

Stephen Deas is an electrical engineer working in the aerospace and defence industries. His first novel THE ADAMANTINE PALACE has sold in a number of countries - it was sold in the US after a fierce auction and was pre-empted in Germany.

Stephen Donaldson

Stephen R. Donaldson was born on the 13th May 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prosthetist (a person skilled in making or fitting prosthetic devices). Donaldson spent the years between the ages of 3 and 16 living in India where his father was working as an orthopaedic surgeon. Donaldson was educated at the College of Wooster and the Kent State University, being awarded a Bachelor's and Master's degree respectively. Stephen Donaldson's work is heavily influenced by other fantasy authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, Joseph Conrad, Henry James and William Faulkner. Stephen Donaldson currently lives in New Mexico.

Stephen King

Stephen King, the American author of horror and fantasy books was born in Portland in 1947. His first writing steps were taken when attending the University of Maine, he wrote a column for the school's newspaper.

Stephen Lawhead

Stephen Lawhead is an American author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. Born 1950, in Nebraska, he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.

Stephen Zimmer

Stephen Zimmer was born in Denver Colorado on July 2, 1974. After graduating from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Visual Communications, Stephen embarked on path that took him into several areas of the entertainment industry, including running a video production company, an independent record label, managing music artists, and organizing a successful music conference and film festival. During this time he also directed short films, commercials, and a documentary feature on the subject of Lyme Disease called “A Time for Truth”. Stephen moved into full time writing and directing in 2004.

Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer was born on the 24th of December 1973 in Hartford, Connecticut. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and was one of six children. The unusual spelling of her name came from her father, Stephen (+ ie). Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in English.

Steve Augarde

Steve Augarde was born in Birmingham, but spent most of his life in the West Country, working as an illustrator, paper-engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture-books for younger children, and has produced the paper-engineering for many pop-up books, including those by other artists - as well as providing the artwork and music for two animated BBC television series. His first book for older children, The Various, won a Silver Smarties Award in 2003.

Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson was born on the 7th October 1959 in Toronto, Canada. Erikson is his writing name, his real name being Steve Rune Lundin. Educated in Canada, he trained in both archaeology and anthropology before graduating from the acclaimed Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Steven Erikson has a wife and son; they spent a fair part of their lives living in Great Britain before once again returning to his native Canada and the city of Winnipeg.

Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham, England in 1959, a Methodist Minister’s eldest daughter. Oxford educated (philosophy, politics and economics at St Hilda’s College), she is best known (so far) for her award winning novel Jonathan Strange andamp; Mr Norrell, which was published in 2004.

Susanna Gregory

Susanna Gregory is a pseudonym. Before gaining her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she was a police officer in Yorkshire. She has written a number of non-fiction books on architecture and travel as well as the chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew and Thomas Chaloner.

Suzanne Collins

Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/war series, The Underland Chronicles.

Tad Williams

Tad Williams is a Californian born author of fantasy novels. He grew up around Stanford University in a town called Palo Alto and was encouraged to be creative by his parents.

Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce was born on December 13, 1954, in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania. When Pierce was five, her parents moved her and her two younger siblings to Dunbar, Pennsylvania, where her uncle provided her with her first books— Winnie the Pooh and The Cat in the Hat—and fostered her love of reading. Pierce, fascinated by Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings, began to focus on creating her own imaginary lands, unusual characters, and, what other fantasy novels failed to include—teenage female warriors.

Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee was born in London, England, in 1947. Following the completion of her secondary education, she was employed in a variety of jobs, including file clerk, assistant librarian, shop assistant and waitress. She also attended art college for one year, but quickly came to the conclusion that she would rather express herself through words than pictures.

Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire on 17th August 1930 His first book, The Hawk in the Rain, was published by Faber in 1957, and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for both children and adults. Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath from 1956 until 1963 when Plath committed suicide. He was the Poet Laureate from 1984 and was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1998, the year in which he died.

Teel James Glenn

Teel James Glenn is a native of Brooklyn though he’s traveled the world for thirty years as a Stuntman/ Fight choreographer/ Swordmaster, Jouster, Book Illustrator, Storyteller, Bodyguard and Actor. He was head instructor at the Hollywood Stunts professional stunt training center in New York and teaches stage sword privately. He is a veteran of forty-seven renaissance faires, scores of films (such as Lord of the G-Strings and Jersey Justice) and hundreds of T.V. appearances. Currently he stars as the masked cage fighter Vega (with a Castilian accent) in the international web series Street Fighter: the Later Years and in the forth coming T.V. sequel Street Fighter: Reunion and plays the claymore wielding Scottish pirate Hamish(with a Galsgow (sic) accent) in the forthcoming pirate feature film The High Seas. At home he speaks pure gibberish. His greatest achievement however, is his awesome daughter Aislin Rose who is well spoken indeed.

Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word and Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington and Lee University.

Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind was born in 1948 and raised in Nebraska in the United States. Goodkind, slightly unusually for an author, suffers from dyslexia. He worked as a carpenter and a rare artifact restorer and painted some beautiful marine and wildlife paintings.

Terry Moore

The first issue of Strangers In Paradise was published by Antarctic Press in November 1993. It was the first comic book ever drawn by Terry Moore. Moore had conceived of the idea for SIP while trying to develop a comic strip for newspaper syndication. After repeated failures, Moore visited a comic book store and discovered the new wave of small press publishers enjoying success in the comic book field. He spent a year researching the comic book business while writing and drawing the first issue of his story.

Terry Pratchett

The English fantasy author, Terry D. J. (David John) Pratchett was born on the 28th April 1948 in the town of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. His was educated at High Wycombe Technical High School.

TH White

T.H. White was born in Bombay, India, in 1906, educated at Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, England, and graduated with first class honors in English from Queen's College, Cambridge, in 1928. He was a novelist, a satirist, and a social historian who probably was best known for his brilliant adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's 15th-century romance, Morte d’Arthur, into the quartet of novels called The Once and Future King.

Thaisa Frank

The fiction of Thaisa Frank, according to the New York Times, works by a tantalizing sense of indirection.

Thomas E Sniegoski

Thomas E. Sniegoski is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series, The Fallen, was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, Legacy, and Force Majeure, as well as the series The Brimstone Network. The author's first adult novel, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, hit the shelves in 2008, followed by Dancing on the Head of a Pin (2009) and Where Angels Fear to Tread (2010).

Tim Lebbon

Tim Lebbon was born in London in 1969. He has been writing ever since he can remember. The first story he recalls actually finishing was when he was nine years old. It involved a train hijacking, and one of the hijackers being clumsy enough to drop his gun. Naturally the hero found the gun and went on a killing spree. Die Hard on the 10:17 from Paddington.

Tim Powers

Tim Powers was born in 1952; the son of an attorney. He graduated from California State University in 1976 and since then has written more than a dozen highly acclaimed and award-winning novels, including the Fantasy Masterwork THE DRAWING OF THE DARK.

Tom Holt

Tom Holt is a British novelist, born in London in 1961. After studying at Oxford University he qualified as a solicitor, giving this up to become a full time writer in 1995.

Tom Lloyd

Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 and showed almost no interest in writing until the age of eighteen. I blame the teachers myself. Nevertheless he did eventually find himself with a long summer to spare before university, and decided to start a novel when it was suggested he get a job to pass the time. This tells you much of what there is to know about him. The rest can be derived from the fact that he first had the idea of writing a book to annoy a school friend by getting published before him.

Tony Chandler

Tony Chandler, a Georgia native, dreamed of writing ever since he could read. As a child, he often wondered if could write a book that could stir the emotions as his had so often been stirred.

Tony Mitton

Raised in a military family, Anthony Robert Mitton was born Tripoli, North Africa in 1951 and spent the first part of his life here and in Germany and Hong Kong. It was not until he was nine that he came to Britain to attend a Suffolk boarding school. He continued his further education at Cambridge University, eventually gaining a BA in English. Tony Mitton also trained as an English teacher before eventually deciding on teaching at primary school level, which he did from the age of 25, however, by the age of 36 he was teaching on a part-time basis in order to share the parenting of his now two children with his wife, and had begun writing poetry and reading book stories for schools. His teaching career had also changed and he was now found himself working almost exclusively with children with special needs, especially those with literacy and behavioural problems. It was not until he was 40 that he began writing for children in earnest and it was in his late forties that Mitton gave up teaching altogether to concentrate full time on his writing.

Tristan Parrish

Tristan Parrish was born Michael Woodhead, 7 April 1947, in the township of Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England.

Trudi Canavan

Trudi Canavan was born on the 23rd October 1969 in Melbourne, Australia. She won the Aurealis Award for her fantasy short story Whispers of the Mist Children in 1999 and has never looked back. In 2001 she further established herself as a fantasy writer of rare talent with The Magician's Guild, the first book in a trilogy which included The Novice and The High Lord.

TS Church

Tom (T.S.) Church writes books based on the hugely popular online world of RuneScape, published by Jagex Ltd.

Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born on the 21st October 1921 in California and is an American author of novels, poetry and short stories. She has won numerous awards during her distinguished career, notably the Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master award in 2003.

Veronica Holdgate

Veronica Holdgate was born and spent her younger years in Brighton Sussex, England.

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is a graduate of Northwestern University's creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago.

Virginia Chandler

Virginia Chandler grew up in a family in which reading and writing were much loved activities. Very early on, she found herself immersed in the works of the masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Burroughs, and JRR Tolkien. As the years passed, she developed a fondness for Anglo Saxon literature; especially, the Medieval text, Beowulf. This interest followed her into her academic career during which she had the opportunity to study medieval history and literature at Keble and Jesus College, Oxford. Since that time, she has continued her work as an Arthurian academic.

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